Understanding the Impact of Wildfires on Rental Property Insurance

From California to Maui, the frequency and scope of wildfire events are rising, causing insurance markets and public agencies to reevaluate property in areas at risk for catastrophic damage. As a result, rental housing providers are seeing greater limitations to coverage, higher premium prices, and, in some cases, a total absence of viable private insurance — a trend detailed in the NMHC 2023 State of Multifamily Risk Survey and Report. This troubling new trend has placed many rental housing operators in a bind where they must simultaneously contend with the declining availability and affordability of insurance options.


Five Advantages of FHA Multifamily Construction Loans

In the last three years, multifamily construction has reached levels not seen since the 1980s, supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans. If you are exploring the acquisition, refinancing, rehabilitation, or new construction of conventional multifamily, affordable housing, seniors housing, or a healthcare facility, consider FHA multifamily construction loans, a stable financing option with excellent terms and many other attractive advantages.


Where are Single-Family Rental (SFR) Rents Rising the Fastest?

While the single-family rental (SFR) sector’s rent growth averages have retreated from record highs, structural tailwinds are keeping price growth positive — both nationally and in major SFR markets. In this research brief, Chandan Economics and Arbor Realty Trust analyze DBRS Morningstar data, which covers the top 20 MSAs by SFR activity, to discover the metropolitan areas where SFR rent growth is the hottest right now.


Fannie Mae Small Loans Cap Raised to $9 Million

Fannie Mae recently announced that its Small Loan cap has increased from $6 million to $9 million for all loans committed as of August 22, 2023. Multifamily borrowers and lenders have praised the change to the Fannie Mae Small Loans program, which will encourage greater investment in a rapidly growing sector where demand remains high despite market volatility.


The Top Five Emerging Metros for Retiree Relocation

As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, their evolving geographic preferences are strengthening housing markets and local economies in new locations, which feature attractive climates, relative affordability, and ample outdoor activities. With swelling populations of senior citizens, our top five emerging metropolitan areas for retiree relocation are fertile ground for multifamily real estate investment.

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Success Story: Newly Remodeled Multifamily Complex

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$17.8M Bridge-to-HUD Refinancing Rate and Term + Green Benefits






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The owner of a California apartment community wanted to add 12 new units to a multifamily complex located in the heart of the South Bay region of Los Angeles. This repeat Arbor borrower utilized a short-term, variable-rate bridge loan in part to finance the new units; later, the owner sought to convert their bridge loan to permanent, long-term, fixed-rate financing. The borrower was also interested in exploring how enrolling in green financing could provide additional cost savings.

Arbor Action

Arbor thoroughly examined the borrower’s position and cash flow and determined they would benefit most from securing a long-term fixed-rate loan through Arbor’s versatile FHA 223(f). We then educated the apartment complex owner about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) green program and how it could benefit them. Next, we worked closely with our partners at HUD to secure our borrower a fixed-rate FHA 223(f) loan with permanent financing that would maximize net operating income (NOI) as the asset accumulates cash flow.


In response to market conditions, Arbor acted quickly. Through our long-standing relationships at HUD, we expeditiously generated a firm commitment for our borrower and closed within 30 days. The entire Bridge-to-HUD process took only 15 months. They received long-term fixed-rate permanent financing to add units to an upscale apartment community, which includes a gym, a swimming pool, and electric solar panels. Our borrower was then able to lock in a highly competitive rate with additional cost savings available through HUD’s green program. The accommodation of the 12 new units within the underwriting process went seamlessly, resulting in expeditious execution that eliminated interest volatility and, ultimately, maximize loan proceeds.